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California Medicare Fraud Lawyer Discusses Medicare Fraud by Attorney
Jeffrey F Keller Whistleblower lawyer
Streamed live on Nov 13, 2014 | Watch the rest of the video here.
California Quitam lawyer Discusses Medicare Fraud - Call Whistleblower Helpline: 866.486.1537 - 24/7
Medicare and Medicaid programs and cost Americans billions of dollars each year, through false billing and other
Medicare fraud is also the subject of task force action. The Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team
(HEAT), for example, is a joint effort of the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services.
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What is a whistleblower?
imply put a whistleblower is the person who “blows the whistle” on misconduct by reporting concerns about
alleged illegal or fraudulent conduct to the appropriate authorities. When the wrongdoing is a fraud on the
government a whistleblower might expose healthcare fraud, defense contractor fraud, procurement fraud, or
even fraud for underpaying the government. Most importantly, a whistleblower who has information
about a fraud on the government will be able to use laws passed especially to encourage, protect and promote
this exact kind of whistleblowing.
What Laws Can a Whistleblower Use?
The federal False Claims Act is one of the most powerful tools available to the whistleblower. It was originally
signed into law in 1863 to help combat fraud by suppliers to the United States government during the Civil War.
Today, more than 150 years later, the False Claims Act remains one of the federal government’s most effective
weapons in fighting fraud against the government. It has been so successful that many states and even some cities
have passed similar laws to target fraud on them too. So, depending on who the “victim” of the fraud is, there are a
variety of laws designed to help someone “blow the whistle” on a government fraud.
What does Qui Tam mean?
Qui tam is a Latin phrase to describe the special situation where a private citizen brings a lawsuit to recover on
behalf of the government. The defendant in a qui tam lawsuit is a company or citizen who has committed fraud or
violated certain governmental regulations in a contract with the government. When a qui tam lawsuit is successful,
the government is entitled to triple its damages and the qui tam whistleblower gets a percentage of whatever the
government recovers. Qui tam lawsuits are a very special partnership between the government and private citizens
that enables the government to recover billions from wrongdoers every year.
What are whistleblower rewards?
Yes. Most whistleblowers are not familiar with whistleblower rewards. Qui tam whistleblowers (referred to as
“relators”) receive a percentage of the funds the federal or state government successfully recovers either by
settlement or by judgment. By law that amount is 15 to 30 percent of the government’s recovery,
depending on a few factors. These rewards provide incentives to whistleblowers, in part, to acknowledge the risks
whistleblowers may take and to encourage them to come forward to help identify these frauds despite the potential